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A little night cinema

By Maria Gregoriou

Anyone who has lived in Nicosia for a while must surely have been to at least one film screening at the Constantia Open Air Cinema that opens its doors every summer.

This year films are being screened every day except Monday and Tuesday.

This week the open air cinema offers you the chance to take in films with a bit of fantasy, a bit of drama and a lot of talent.

On Wednesday you can view Wadjda, a 2013 Arabic comedy/drama which was shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. Wadjda tells the story of a young girl living in the suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue.

If you like the idea of watching a film that is full of girl power, you will love the fact that Wadjda is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker, Haifaa al-Mansour.

On Thursday when Blancanieves (Snow White) will be screened.

The 2012 Spanish fantasy/ drama is the story of the fairest of them all, but with a twist.

The film is set in 1920s Seville and centres on a female bullfighter. A band of bullfighting dwarfs save the life of a young woman with amnesia. They end up taking her under their wing when they find out she has natural skills as a bullfighter, something they can cash in on.

As she does not know her name or background, the dwarfs call her Blancanieves, after the famed fairy tale. What they are all unaware of is that she is really the daughter of the once great matador, Antonio Villalta.

On Friday the open-air cinema will screen something very different, the silent 2015 Cypriot film Imantas Aposkevon (Conveyor Belt), written and directed by Alexia Roider.

A man lives alone with a turtle. He draws no attention to himself but has a secret passion. He takes home forgotten, unclaimed and lost luggage from the airport where he works. In the safety of his own world, he methodically examines the contents of each bag and all the little details that become clues as to what kind of life the person who owned it led.

This ritual has become his life’s purpose and his sole connection to the outside world. Until one day, a suitcase comes along and changes everything.

Screening of the 2013 drama. July 15. Constantia Open-Air Cinema, 15 Solonos Michaelides Street, Nicosia. 9pm. €5/free. Arabic with Greek subtitles. Tel: 22-349085

Blancanieves (Snow White)
Screening of the 2012 fantasy drama. July 16. Spanish with Greek subtitles

Imantas Aposkevon (Conveyor Belt)
Screening of the 2015 silent film. July 17

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